Comment from the Principal – 15th September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

We enter the final week of term with a successful week upon which to reflect.

Athletics Carnival

Part of the success of the week can be attributed to the athletics carnival which, regrettably, I was unable to attend because of meetings at the Anglican Schools Commission in Perth; however by all accounts it was a good day held in fine weather. Overall, results were as follows:

  • Goldsworthy 1st
  • Wood 2nd
  • Jackman 3rd
Champion Score Runner-up Score
Year 7 Girls Bella Walter 28 Dannielle Baker 23
Year 7 Boys Ben Murgatroyd 50 Logan Fraser 20
Year 8 Girls Grace Hawkey 37 Jessica Smith 27
Year 8 Boys Riley Wandell 34 Tyler Berry 26
Year 9 Girls Kristyn Baker 39 Imogen Stone 27
Year 9 Boys Hayden Fiegert 39 Luke Greatrex 26
Year 10 Girls Dana Sharpe 43 Keely Parnell & Shaj Varea 34
Year 10 Boys Charlie Earl 38 Zach Greig 34
Year 11 Girls Bella Clifton 32 Darby Smith 25
Year 11 Boys Luke O'Dea 30 Riley Greatrex 26
Year 12 Girls Olivia Turner 33 Grace Fiegert 27
Year 12 Boys Conner Berry 37 Shaun Pearson 29

Champion Score Runner-up Score

  • Year 7 Girls Bella Walter 28 Dannielle Baker 23
  • Year 7 Boys Ben Murgatroyd 50 Logan Fraser 20
  • Year 8 Girls Grace Hawkey 37 Jessica Smith 27
  • Year 8 Boys Riley Wandell 34 Tyler Berry 26
  • Year 9 Girls Kristyn Baker 39 Imogen Stone 27
  • Year 9 Boys Hayden Fiegert 39 Luke Greatrex 26
  • Year 10 Girls Dana Sharpe 43 Keely Parnell & Shaj Varea 34
  • Year 10 Boys Charlie Earl 38 Zach Greig 34
  • Year 11 Girls Bella Clifton 32 Darby Smith 25
  • Year 11 Boys Luke O'Dea 30 Riley Greatrex 26
  • Year 12 Girls Olivia Turner 33 Grace Fiegert 27
  • Year 12 Boys Conner Berry 37 Shaun Pearson 29

Anglican Schools Commission

One of the meetings I attended had the happy conclusion of approval, by ASC, of the latest iteration of the School’s Financial Plan for next year and the following nine years. The creation of this plan involved a bit of work but will ensure the ongoing financial viability of the School; the additional

Commonwealth funding we have received has helped in all of this, recognising, as it does, the challenges of running a school in a remote and regional location such as ours. So, we should all take confidence that EACS is most definitely here to stay!

We have also agreed to work with ASC International – the arm of the ASC that recruits students from overseas – to recruit students from Asia and Europe for study-tour programmes (like our Japanese ‘exchange’) and for stays of six months to a year in McVay House. I think we can all imagine the many benefits that will flow from this addition to our provision.

ASC School Principals and Chairs also met together for a review of the work of the ASC and individual schools which identified the strength and collegiality of the system and its individual schools. We are, indeed, fortunate to be a part of this system which supports each of its members in a myriad of ways.

Chapel

I continue to be grateful for the support of so many in leading our services. Thanks are due, on this occasion, to Mr Geoff Usher for his thoughtful and thought-provoking address on Friday.

Wildflower Festival

It was good to have our students involved again in this unique Festival and celebration of our environment. Music was played, food produced and art displayed to the appreciation of our wider community.

Year 10 Work Experience and Year 11 Careers Camp in Perth

Thanks, too, to Mrs Lisa Marquis for masterminding another successful brace of camps which the students really valued. She was ably assisted by Mrs Nicole Harris, Mr Peter Grobler and Mr Iain Clark. Such opportunities are so valuable in expanding the minds and horizons of our young men and women at an important point in their lives.

Year 12 Outdoor Education Camp

Another such opportunity was the Year 12 Camp to Rottnest where, amongst other activities, the students enjoyed cycling, snorkelling and navigation.

Year 12 Arrangements

Friday saw the start of the programme of intensive preparation for the ATAR examinations and completion of work for General candidates. This will continue in the final week when all students will be expected in School. A reminder that a timetable has been circulated, by email, to parents of Year 12 students and also made available on SEQTA.

The ATAR mock examination timetable has also been published. These examinations are due to take place in the Anglican Parish Centre from Friday 6th (in School on this day only) to Friday 13th October. During Week 1 ATAR and General candidates are not expected to be in School. The Week following (Week 2) will be the final week for all Year 12 students.

Mr Clark spoke to all Year 12s about the detailed arrangements which I summarise here with:

Term 3 (Week 9)

(Friday 15-22 September)

  • ALL Year 12 students to attend school
  • Year 12 ATAR Study / Revision seminars in place
  • ATAR students to attend private study when not in a seminar
  • General students have their normal timetable

Term 4 (Week 1)

  • ATAR Mock exam week
  • ATAR students on study leave and NOT required to be in School
  • General students NOT required to be in School
  • Teachers of General subjects have been advised to negotiate with individual students (or classes) should they require them to come in due to their risk of not completing coursework requirements.
  • Teachers of ATAR subjects will be available by appointment for their students.

Term 4 (Week 2)

  • ALL Students back in school
  • Normal timetable
  • Feedback on exams
  • Finalising all coursework requirements
  • Students to receive their ‘Course of Study Completion Form’ which MUST be signed off on by the teacher of each subject
  • Final official day for all Year 12 students is Thursday 19 October
  • Year 12 students to receive Statement of Results Thursday 19 October

The Week Ahead

Week 10 Wood on Duty

  • Tuesday 19th September – meeting of the Shire Youth Advisory Council
  • Wednesday 20th – 1800 McVay House end-of-term dinner
  • Friday 22nd – normal School day; holidays start at 1500

Forthcoming Events

  • Friday 6th October – ATAR mock exams (at School)
  • Monday 9th October – 0840 - School restarts for all students
  • - ATAR mock exams (Parish Centre, Andrew Street)
  • Tuesday 10th October – 1300 Mince Masters final
  • Wednesday 11th/Thursday 12th October - Kate Stannard of AISWA - Staff Professional development - subject-specific in small groups. School as normal.
  • Thursday 19th October - Kalgoorlie - Girls AFL for Years 8-10 (note change of date)
  • Thursday 19th October – Final day for all Year 12 students
  • Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October – Esperance Show. School closed on Friday 20th

With all good wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Kerr

P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles
Principal

CFP 15 September 2017